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  • Paperback: 470 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (25 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250033438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250033437
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 3.2 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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"Top grade horror fiction." - Booklist, Starred Review

Top grade horror fiction. "Booklist, Starred Review""

About the Author

JONATHAN MABERRY is a "New York Times "bestseller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of "Patient Zero, the Pine Deep Trilogy, The Wolfman, Zombie CSU, " and "They Bite." His work for Marvel Comics includes "The Punisher, Wolverine, DoomWar, Marvel Zombie Return" and "Black Panther."


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An excellent sequel to Patient Zero, although not quite as good....... Still a Very worthy follow up and an interesting story arc.
Joe Ledger has moved on after the events and losses of Patient Zero, and this time finds himself and his team confronted by those 'menaces' he thought they had destroyed in previous stories....these include Berserkers, various plagues and worst of all, Strain 12 of the original plague from Patient Zero.........In strain 12 the zombies maintain their intelligence and are faster and stronger than the 'usual' walking dead......Who is Mother Night ??...Is she behind all this and Why ?.....As incidents continue throughout the world Ledger and the DMS find themselves ( and the public ) under attack and the normally, extremely helpful computer system Mindreader is unable to 'detect' where the attacks are coming from and indeed seems to be 'hacked'......
All in all, a rollicking good read, and a very worthy addition to the series...
Can't wait for the next one....Enjoy.
Cheers,
Bob
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Maberry's idea here is to take the first five books of his Joe Ledger series and throw them altogether. He imagines what would happen if one of the genius' in the DMS had been gradually using its resources to become extremely powerful. By building a computer system as powerful as MindReader, Mother Night gains access to all the threats that Ledger has faced over the last few years- weaponized diseases, the monstrous Berserkers and the seif-al-din pathogen- the zombie plague.

Inevitably Ledger and the DMS have to try and control Mother Night's chaos and fight off all these terrible things. It very much feels like a best of Joe Ledger so we get the cool computer stuff, Joe going properly psycho and some of the best zombie scenes I have ever read. Seriously, awesome zombie stuff goes on in here.

The real strength of this book is the villain. Mother Night is very different from the rich, organised terrorists of the previous books. She's a one-woman show, a genius gone mad. Her real identity is fairly obvious to us the reader from the start and we are given an origin story through a series of "interludes", although at times this did feel like shoving the character in between the first few books.

The big problem with this book is that the proportion of it narrated by Ledger is lower than usual. Although Joe Ledger has the best scenes, the proportion of the book actually featuring him is really rather small. Instead Maberry spends a lot of time looking at a series of characters bossed around by Mother Night who commit terrible, but pretty small-scale, terrorist attacks. Some of these worked stunningly well (a hero in Disneyland was a real highlight) but others felt like unnecessary weight to the book.
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After the somewhat disappointing extinction machine ( when I say disappointing I mean not as good as the other Joe ledger books except the king of plagues) code zero brings the series back to its explosive page turning best with one of the best characters in fiction Joe ledger in all his tri split personalities glory!
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I found this book a bit of a departure from the series in some ways - but also a step back up in quality. Where I found the other books to be a bit too much of a slow start before really kicking in to the full story line (and associated explanations), I found this book a bit better at juggling that aspect - whilst still retaining enough of a reveal to make the last 50 pages not frivolous.
Joe Ledger continues to go strong in this book, and as ever with the series, new characters are introduced and old characters are killed. I think the execution could have been done a bit better, perhaps, but if you're this far into the series then by now you reasonably know what you're expecting.

I definitely enjoyed it a bit more than the last couple of books, but that might just be me.
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By Charles Green TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 April 2015
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They say that familiarity breeds contempt, and it is an aphorism that is often true when it comes to series of novels. What in the beginning can be appealing and exciting about a new series can soon feel formulaic and stale if the author does not find ways to change the dynamics or develop the characters. Go on too long sticking to a rigid template and aspects of series that once felt fresh and entertaining can become actively irritating.

With Code Zero, Jonathan Maberry's latest entry in the Joe Ledger series, I have to confess that once or twice I actually found myself drifting toward irritation as yet more of the same overly familiar beats were replayed once again, and that is not the sort of sensation an ongoing series should be generating in a regular reader.

The problem is that Code Zero, as well as involving a literal re-run of various past threats faced by Ledger and the DMS in the plot, also felt like a reworking of a standardised and by now rather tired formula. Once again the same character beats were trotted out, almost unaltered from the earlier novels in the series. We had yet more of Joe's internal monologuing about his various personality issues. We had Church acting mysterious and Aunt Sallie being unpleasant to everyone. Ghost was still part ridiculously intelligent dog and part vicious beast. Beyond a few new faces around the DMS and Joe still dating Junie from the previous novel, nothing had changed and no-one had developed. You could have cut almost any of the character interactions or moments and pasted them into another Joe Ledger novel and not seen the join they were so repetitively familiar.

The same went for the moments of action.
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